Parking Tips To Help Avoid Door Dings

Dec 5, 2011

By Holly Anderson, Editor in Chief

Few things are more irritating than finding a fresh door ding, but itís hard to avoid them. Whether youíre driving to the grocery store, work, or the doctorís office, chances are youíre going to have to park your vehicle in a parking space, next to other vehicles.

Your best efforts to avoid door dings and scratches can be enhanced by assessing your surroundings before choosing a parking space. Consider these common sense parking tips next time youíre out and about:

  • If an end spot is available, thatís normally your best bet.
  • Consider parking as far away as possible, odds of someone cramping your car that far out is more remote.
  • Before you pull into a space look at the length of the doors on the other vehicle(s), if those doors were fully extended could they reach your vehicle?
  • Look at the height of the vehicle you are parking next to, if it is another vehicle similar in height to yours and if your car has protective rubber door moldings those moldings may protect your carís doors, but SUVís and truck doors are taller and may cause dents higher than your moldings can protect, move to another spot.
  • Always try to look at the car next to you and determine if there may be passengers (at work maybe not, the mall, probably) this may impact which side of the vehicle you park on. If youíre at work and figure there are no passengers, maybe parking on the passenger side of that car is good, at least you can protect one side of your car.
  • If you have to enter a parking space where another car is crowding one side of the space youíll have to decide how best to handle that risk. Never park crooked because someone is crowding the space, if the car thatís crowding the space leaves you will now look like the one that canít park. Always try to park straight.
  • Child seats Ė If you pull into a space and the car you are parking next to has child seats in it remember for a parent to properly strap their child in they normally need to fully extend their doors. This could be a good sign to find another space.

In the end, a door dent here and there may be inevitable. There are companies that perform ďPaintless Dent repair.Ē This is the art of using special tools to push the dent out from the inside without the need for painting the dent. Itís clean and many times the repair can be performed while you wait.

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